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  • CitiesSpeak

The 2017 summit centered around how to finance resilient infrastructure and implement actions to build more resilient communities. Here are four key takeaways.

This post was co-authored by Katharine Burgess,…

photo - Planning a More Resilient Future: Four Takeaways From the 2017 Resilient Cities Summit
photo - Planning a More Resilient Future: Four Takeaways From the 2017 Resilient Cities Summit
  • CitiesSpeak

All cities have blighted neighborhoods with potential that simply need a little sun and water to grow, and it’s micro-level community efforts that constitute that nourishment. Guest author Jack Calhoun shares an…

photo - Hope Is a Vineyard
photo - Hope Is a Vineyard
  • CitiesSpeak

Groundbreaking research shows how the design and maintenance of public spaces
can directly impact our civic health.

This is a guest post by Suzanne Nienaber.

The Assembly Civic Engagement Survey…
photo - Five Ways to Promote Civic Health Through Community Design
photo - Five Ways to Promote Civic Health Through Community Design
  • CitiesSpeak

With a booming population representative of a wide variety of cultures, the town of Morrisville, North Carolina, has found that its East Meets West festival not only celebrates its diverse residents but serves as a…

photo - How One Small Town in North Carolina Celebrates Cultural Diversity
photo - How One Small Town in North Carolina Celebrates Cultural Diversity
  • CitiesSpeak

The arts and culture sector can have a larger impact on your city’s economy (in terms of GDP) than other industries like tourism and transportation — but city leaders often don’t recognize the economic value and impact…

photo - 8 Ways the Arts Can Boost Your Local Economy & Strengthen Your Community
photo - 8 Ways the Arts Can Boost Your Local Economy & Strengthen Your Community
  • CitiesSpeak

Supporting arts and culture initiatives like the Fair Saturday movement allows your city to take advantage of a $730 billion industry that creates strong, vibrant communities, employs local workers, attracts tourism, and…

photo - Why You Should Start Planning "Fair Saturday" in Your City
photo - Why You Should Start Planning "Fair Saturday" in Your City
  • CitiesSpeak

The city's Better Together initiative has resulted in a community action plan focused on six steps that promote equity and community dialogue among residents.

This is a guest post by Linda Harris.

What is…

photo - 6 Ways the City of Decatur Became a Model of Inclusion, Diversity & Citizen Engagement
photo - 6 Ways the City of Decatur Became a Model of Inclusion, Diversity & Citizen Engagement
  • CitiesSpeak

We discuss equitable economic development in Memphis with the city's director of housing and community development, Paul Young.

This post is part of a series on NLC's Equitable Economic Development (EED)…

photo - An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Memphis
photo - An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Memphis

WASHINGTON – June 6, 2017 – Today, National League of Cities (NLC), PolicyLink and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) announced the selection of six additional cities for participation in the organizations’ jointly-supported Equitable Economic…

Keepin' It Local Mural
Keepin' It Local Mural
  • CitiesSpeak

With local education budgets under threat nationwide, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney explains how the community schools model helps more students succeed in and out of the classroom even when school districts are…

photo - Community Schools Serve Students and Families Better
photo - Community Schools Serve Students and Families Better